Merry Christmas - The Office in the week of Christmas

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Happy Christmas to all!

Here in Australia it is now past the hour of None on the Vigil of Christmas, so officially Christmas at last, so please do keep safe and have a happy and holy Christmas.

The Benedictine Ordo for this week has a festive character, with those days that are not feasts being of the Octave.

Sunday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a II Class Octave

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, psalms, antiphons, twelve readings and responsories all of the feast 

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, festal psalms, MD 61* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 64* ff

Vespers: Antiphons, psalms and proper texts, MD 65* ff

Monday 26 December – Second Day in the Octave; St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

Matins: Common of martyrs except for the Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 83* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc MD 83* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm   = Ps 131, MD 70*]; proper texts, MD 87* ff

Tuesday 27 December – Third Day in the Octave; St John the Evangelist, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 90* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc, MD 90* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm   = Ps 129, MD 69*];  proper texts, MD 94* ff

Wednesday 28 December – Fourth Day in the Octave; Holy Innocents, Class II

Matins: Common of several martyrs, except for the invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 97* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc MD 97* ff

Vespers: of the Nativity with proper texts of the feast, MD 101* [4th psalm   = Ps 131, MD 70*]

Thursday 29 December – Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [in some places, St Thomas Beckett, Class I]

For St Thomas, MD 2**

Matins
: Invitatory and hymn of the day of the Nativity; Nocturn I, antiphons and psalms of Thursday; three readings (for the fifth day of the Octave); Nocturn II antiphon (Natus est) and chapter verse for the Octave

Lauds to None: Psalms of the day with antiphons and proper texts of the Nativity, MD 61*

Vespers: of the Nativity [4th psalm   = Ps 129, MD 69*]

Friday 30 December – Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the day of the Nativity; Nocturn I, antiphons and psalms of Friday; three readings (for the sixth day of the Octave); Nocturn II antiphon (Natus est) and chapter verse for the Octave

Lauds to None: Psalms of the day with rest of the Nativity, MD 61* ff

Vespers: of the Nativity [4th psalm   = Ps 131, MD 70*]

Saturday 31 December - Seventh Day within the Octave, Class II; commemoration of St Sylvester

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the day of the Nativity; Nocturn I, antiphons and psalms of Saturday; three readings (for the seventh day of the Octave); Nocturn II antiphon (Natus est) and chapter verse for the Octave

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day

Lauds to None: Psalms of the day with rest of the Nativity, MD 61* ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD 103-4*

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104* ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)


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